Ford Memorabilia

June 4, 1896, Henry Ford drove his first car–a trolley frame with four bicycle wheels of the carriage on the street in Detroit.

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June 16, 1903, Henry Ford and 11 investors sign articles of incorporation for Ford Motor Company in Michigan.

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October 1, 1908, Ford introduces the Model T, which became one of the most popular cars in the world. Production officially ended in May 1927 after total world production of 15,458,781.

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October 1, 1908, Ford set up its first overseas sales agency in Paris, France.

1911, the first factory outside North America was built in Rochester, England.

October 7, 1913, The Highland Park plant in Michigan begins operations as the first moving automobile assembly line in the world. There is a Ford Model T off the production line every 10 seconds.

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January 5, 1914, Ford begins offering $5 per day for eight-hour work days and 15,000 job seekers clamor for 3,000 jobs at the Model T Plant in Highland Park. The previous pay rate was $2.34 per day for nine hours.

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January 4, 1918, Ford started building the large automobile manufacturing factory–Rouge Plant.

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January 1, 1919, Edsel Ford succeeded Henry Ford as the company President.

February 4, 1922, Ford acquired the Lincoln brand.

October 27, 1927, Ford started the production of Model A in Rouge factory.

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March 9, 1932, Ford become the first company of successful casting a V8 engine cylinder body as a whole in the history.

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In 1935, Ford created the Mercury brand, filling the gap between Ford and Lincoln.

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March 1, 1941, Ford begins to produce general-purpose “Jeeps” for the U.S. military and shifts completely to military production starting in Feb.

May 26, 1943, Edsel Ford died just 49 years old.

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 June 1, 1943, Henry Ford hold the post of President of Ford again.

September 21, 1945, Henry Ford ii hold the post of president of the Ford.

January 16, 1948, Ford produced the first F – series pickups, which is one of the most successful in history of automobile.

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October 22, 1954, Ford launched the Thunderbird. This is by far the most successful small sports car in American history.

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Jan. 17, 1956, Ford common stock goes on sale, with 10.2 million shares sold in the first day, representing 22 percent of the company.

August 20, 1959, Ford automobile credit company was set up. It has become the world’s largest professional automobile finance company now.

September 7, 1987, Ford acquires 75 percent of Aston Martin.

December 31, 1988: Ford’s worldwide earnings were $5.3 billion, the highest of any auto company to date.

Dec. 1, 1989, Ford spend $2.5 billion to buy Jaguar Cars. Investing to the revitalization of the British luxury car brand, finally made the Jaguar’s annual sales of more than 100000 vehicles.

On December 8, 1996, Ford became the first manufacturer has obtained the ISO 14001 world environment standard certification

On January 1, 1999, Henry Ford’s great-grandson, Bill Ford as the CEO of Ford Motor Company,

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January 28, 1999 Ford acquired Volvo cars global business.

June 30, 2000, officially bought the ownership of Land Rover from BMW group.

May, 2001, Ford Motor unilaterally recalls 13 million more tires and Bridgestone/Firestone dumps Ford as a customer, saying Ford was using the tire maker as a scapegoat to deflect attention from problems with the Ford Explorer. Federal investigators ultimately concluded that tire defects were the main cause of the rollovers.

June 16, 2003, Ford celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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July 11, 2005, Ford’s new gas-electric hybrid SUV, the Mercury Mariner, goes on sale. It costs $4,000 more than the gas-only version and has the endorsement of the Sierra Club.

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November 1, 2005, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC agrees to pay Ford $240 million to help cover the costs of the tire recalls, which amounted to $2 billion.

December 22, 2005, The United Auto Workers agrees to a deal with Ford in which 99 cents an hour of any future wage increases will go towards a health-care fund. Insurance deductibles will rise by as much as 33 percent, and the costs for current retirees will also go up. The changes will save Ford about $650 million a year. (Ford’s health-care bill for 2005 was $3.5 billion.)

December 23, 2005, Ford announces it will transfer $2 billion to shore up Jaguar Cars, which it bought in 1989 for almost $3 billion in today’s prices.

2005, Ford loses market share for the 10th year in a row, and also loses its place as America’s best-selling brand to GM’s Chevrolet. Ford sold around 2.9 million vehicles in 2005 for a 17.4 percent market share — down from a market share of 18.3 percent in 2004 and of 24 percent in 1990.

March 26, 2008, India’s TATA group and Ford announced a joint statement: TATA bought two big brands Jaguar and Land Rover for $2.3 billion from Ford.

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November 18, 2008, ford said it would sell 20% stake in Mazda, from the original 33.4% to 13%.

June 2, 2010, ford motor company announced the sale of its high-end brand Volvo to Geely from China, at the same time stopped all business of Mercury brand, and will move all the resources to Lincoln.

Reference:

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_49c225880101bm2h.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5168769

Video reference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEQDOdZt5T Q

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